The Cassini magnetic field investigation

M. K. Dougherty, S. Kellock, D. J. Southwood, A. Balogh, E. J. Smith, B. T. Tsurutani, B. Gerlach, K. H. Glassmeier, F. Gleim, C. T. Russell, G. Erdos, F. M. Neubauer, S. W.H. Cowley

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The dual technique magnetometer system onboard the Cassini orbiter is described. This instrument consists of vector helium and fluxgate magnetometers with the capability to operate the helium device in a scalar mode. This special mode is used near the planet in order to determine with very high accuracy the interior field of the planet. The orbital mission will lead to a detailed understanding of the Saturn/Titan system including measurements of the planetary magnetosphere, and the interactions of Saturn with the solar wind, of Titan with its environments, and of the icy satellites within the magnetosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-383
Number of pages53
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2004



  • Cassini
  • Magnetometer
  • Saturn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Dougherty, M. K., Kellock, S., Southwood, D. J., Balogh, A., Smith, E. J., Tsurutani, B. T., Gerlach, B., Glassmeier, K. H., Gleim, F., Russell, C. T., Erdos, G., Neubauer, F. M., & Cowley, S. W. H. (2004). The Cassini magnetic field investigation. Space Science Reviews, 114(1-4), 331-383.